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Old 02-07-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Hood Lock

I am looking for a hood lock for my 2011 JK. I did not realize until a few days ago that there is no lock for the hood. Preferably something that is just bolt on, not looking to drill into my hood.
Thanks in advance for any info you may have.

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Old 02-07-2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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Mopar sells the lock you are looking for. It can operated with your current ignition key when the lock "learns" your key. It is pricy, but a very nice answer to your question.

It is located in the middle grill opening just below the JEEP emblem.

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I posted photo install directions a few days ago.

Very easy install but you do need a long handled rivet gun. Use preexisting holes, no drilling required.

Takes under an hour and very simple grill removal.

Mopar dealer best price I could find local was $119. I like the "codes you YOUR ignition key" feature.
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I posted photo install directions a few days ago.

Very easy install but you do need a long handled rivet gun. Use preexisting holes, no drilling required.

Takes under an hour and very simple grill removal.

Mopar dealer best price I could find local was $119. I like the "codes you YOUR ignition key" feature.
Thank you both for the info. Interesting that you can "code it to YOUR ignition key", I am an apprentice locksmith and have been seeing more of this type of feature on ignitions also. It's good and bad at the same time, kind of cuts out us locksmiths when it comes to keying locks up
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Yea damn world is pushing skilled jobs out for machines and what not. I'm glad as long as I'm alive there will be someone to break the law keeping us in business. (Breaking the law is bad just to cover my butt). But seriously locksmithing is cool I dont know anybody that can do that. Rare is cool.
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Yea damn world is pushing skilled jobs out for machines and what not. I'm glad as long as I'm alive there will be someone to break the law keeping us in business. (Breaking the law is bad just to cover my butt). But seriously locksmithing is cool I dont know anybody that can do that. Rare is cool.
Locksmithing is a rip-off. My sister in law locked her keys in her car and for only $45 bucks they can open her door. It takes them about 2 minutes. Not a bad payoff for 2 minutes of work. It's not so bad here in Korea where they only charged me $10 bucks to open my door. But back in the states the price is steep.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:20 AM   #7
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It takes them about 2 minutes. Not a bad payoff for 2 minutes of work.
Yeah...it only takes them 2 minutes to open the lock, but 30 minutes to go to you. Not to mention that they have to pay for their education, then get paid crap wages for however long their 'apprenticeship' takes, then setup a shop, pay for a phone line just so they can come rescue you when you screw yourself....sure, all that time and effort is only worth $10. NOT!

Do YOU work for free/cheap? Why should a skilled tradesman work for peanuts?
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I posted photo install directions a few days ago.

Very easy install but you do need a long handled rivet gun. Use preexisting holes, no drilling required.

Takes under an hour and very simple grill removal.

Mopar dealer best price I could find local was $119. I like the "codes you YOUR ignition key" feature.

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I went to my mechanic shop & they loaned one over night. Probably a tool rental has them cheap. You can buy a new one for around $70.

The short handled ones are not leveraged enough for the stout steel rivet.

Perhaps a body shop would do it for you. Once the grill is popped forward there are only 4 rivets and that takes all of 3 or 4 minutes on a slow day.
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I went to my mechanic shop & they loaned one over night. Probably a tool rental has them cheap. You can buy a new one for around $70.

The short handled ones are not leveraged enough for the stout steel rivet.

Perhaps a body shop would do it for you. Once the grill is popped forward there are only 4 rivets and that takes all of 3 or 4 minutes on a slow day.
Check out Harbor Freight. I got mine there for about twenty bucks.

Oh, and by the way, the Mopar lock is a great piece.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:28 PM   #11
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Didn't I read somewhere that that lock doesnt actually work? It looks like it locks the hood but you can still reach in and move the hook to access the engine?? Maybe Im wrong I was gonna buy one until I read about them.
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Locksmithing is a rip-off. My sister in law locked her keys in her car and for only $45 bucks they can open her door. It takes them about 2 minutes. Not a bad payoff for 2 minutes of work. It's not so bad here in Korea where they only charged me $10 bucks to open my door. But back in the states the price is steep.
Anybody who don't carry a hidden key on every vehicle deserves to pay $50-&100 to get their car unlocked. Spare key at wallies, $1.59, spare key magnetic holder, $1.99-never getting locked out of your vehicle-PRICELESS. Hard to get locked out of a ford as they all can have the keypad on the outside. But I still Cary a spare key cause u never know, or you may lose it or something. Or like happened to me long ago, left the fog lites on for 4 hours and run the battery down, and keypad wouldn't open the door and my only key was in the ignition and the truck was only a week old and I hadn't hid a spare key yet. Lock smith could not get in either with slimjim, so i say you got Amy jumper cables and he does, so I crawl under the bronco and hook hot cable on the starter wire which is hot all the time and ground on frame and then the doors open right up. Let battery charge a bit and we were on are way. And this lock smith doesn't charge me a dime as he couldn't get in i guess.
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I will never lock my hood. I just love not having a inside hood latch. Semi trucks have never had locking hoods an never really need them. Oh most of them do lock open nowadays as not to blow shut on you. Kind serves the same purpose as that STUPID prop rod jeep should have shoved up their, a couple gas struts and they could hold their hood open like a real truck. Usually you only see prop rods on very cheap vehicles. I still think it's crying shame that Chrysler got a hold of jeep. Oh, doc tells Bill he only has 6 months to live. Bill says what should I do doc. Well doc say go find the fattest girl you can and marry her. Then go buy a dodge pickup and move to Oklahoma. Six months will seam like an eternity!
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Yea damn world is pushing skilled jobs out for machines and what not. I'm glad as long as I'm alive there will be someone to break the law keeping us in business. (Breaking the law is bad just to cover my butt). But seriously locksmithing is cool I dont know anybody that can do that. Rare is cool.
Some truth to that, yes technology is cutting out the need for skilled tradesmen/women.. From what i've learned in the past 2 years of doing this machines wont replace us but only make our job go faster and easier (as far as locksmithing goes) while still charging the same price, or more. Yes lol it's pretty cool I think of it as being a professional thief.

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Locksmithing is a rip-off. My sister in law locked her keys in her car and for only $45 bucks they can open her door. It takes them about 2 minutes. Not a bad payoff for 2 minutes of work. It's not so bad here in Korea where they only charged me $10 bucks to open my door. But back in the states the price is steep.
Not to sound like a jerk but for $45 bucks i wouldn't even bother leaving my house. Average locksmith in NYC charges between $80 - $100 bucks, and goes up on foreign cars.

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Yeah...it only takes them 2 minutes to open the lock, but 30 minutes to go to you. Not to mention that they have to pay for their education, then get paid crap wages for however long their 'apprenticeship' takes, then setup a shop, pay for a phone line just so they can come rescue you when you screw yourself....sure, all that time and effort is only worth $10. NOT!

Do YOU work for free/cheap? Why should a skilled tradesman work for peanuts?
Locksmithing school is a waste of time and money. I found a master locksmith that was willing to train me, in exchange I worked for him for 6 months with no pay. Almost 2 years later, now working for him full time with great pay and a few months away from becoming a licensed locksmith.

No I don't work for free anymore, I have my own work I do on the side which is cheaper than calling an established business but I get what i'm worth
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Anybody who don't carry a hidden key on every vehicle deserves to pay $50-&100 to get their car unlocked. Spare key at wallies, $1.59, spare key magnetic holder, $1.99-never getting locked out of your vehicle-PRICELESS. Hard to get locked out of a ford as they all can have the keypad on the outside. But I still Cary a spare key cause u never know, or you may lose it or something. Or like happened to me long ago, left the fog lites on for 4 hours and run the battery down, and keypad wouldn't open the door and my only key was in the ignition and the truck was only a week old and I hadn't hid a spare key yet. Lock smith could not get in either with slimjim, so i say you got Amy jumper cables and he does, so I crawl under the bronco and hook hot cable on the starter wire which is hot all the time and ground on frame and then the doors open right up. Let battery charge a bit and we were on are way. And this lock smith doesn't charge me a dime as he couldn't get in i guess.
You happen to be a smart consumer that goes out and buys a mechanical only key so that at least you can open your doors in case you lock yourself out, and good call with the hide-a-key, it's worth the $5 bucks. Only thing with hide-a-keys on newer cars is that everything is plastic / fiberglass / carbon fibre and hard to find a good place for the magnet to hold and for it to be easy to reach.
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Only thing with hide-a-keys on newer cars is that everything is plastic / fiberglass / carbon fibre and hard to find a good place for the magnet to hold and for it to be easy to reach.
The good thing about a wrangler w/o a hood lock is there are all kinds of places to hide a spare key under there!
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The good thing about a wrangler w/o a hood lock is there are all kinds of places to hide a spare key under there!
You took the words right out of my mouth. That's where we keep them on my semi trucks.
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In some of my rural AND urban travels I've observed random vandals just open the hood & mess up the spark plug wires for no particular reason.

I like a locked hood whatever I'm driving.
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What not to buy

Whatever you do, DO NOT get the Rugged Ridge hood lock. It is not strong enough. By the way, the main reason to get a hood lock is to prevent battery theft.

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